Jonathan Salas – Project Cuba
I was born and raised in Venezuela. My father, being a pastor, postured me towards teaching and preaching. Therefore, I participated in several years of teaching people the Bible as well as studying God’s word at Bible School for two years and now with Moody Bible Institute. Recently, God has been taking me from place to place, from Venezuela to Brazil to Virginia and then to Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington. My purpose for being at Moody Bible is to become a missionary pilot, which unveils how my heart longs to share God’s word with those in Cuba. There may be millions unreached but they are not unreachable.
Cuba’s need lies within their lack of resources and oppression due to their corrupt government. God’s desire within me is to help supply people with the resources they need as well as with hope and truth, which can only be found in Jesus. Since I have grown up in Venezuela, I can attest to how corrupt government can be. First hand, I have experienced an inability to attain certain foods, medicine and so on. Both of these governments hold to socialistic views and practices leading to a dictatorship.
Due to my experience, I understand what it means to feel helpless, insecure or even unsafe in your own country. I long to see every single person given what they need ― children to receive the treatment necessary to heal from disease and not die from something that is curable. Even more vital is the need to share the Gospel. Cuba needs freedom. What does the Bible say about that? Only the truth of God’s word provides can set one free.
Indirectly and directly, God, truth, justice, love, righteousness are all the very solutions that Cuba is desperate for. In reality, all mankind is desperate for. This opportunity to listen to the people of Cuba and then in turn to act according to the need is a huge blessing for me. As I strive to serve Cuba in any and every possible way, I am asking that you pray alongside me. Pray that every soul be shown light and truth as well as be given the opportunity to be free and comforted through God’s word and and our service to God.
“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf… so that my service for Cuba may be acceptable to the saints.” (Romans 15:30-31, with a personal addition)